East Sussex College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Brighton

Early Years Care and Education (Top Up)

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Course summary

This Early Years Care and Education BA (Hons) top-up aims to complement work completed on the Early Years Foundation Degree (FdA) and other similar courses. It allows you to consolidate knowledge necessary to function as an operational manager. The modules focus on leadership practice and allow you to experience practical activities designed to improve quality within the setting as well as contributing to personal and professional development. You will have the opportunity to choose activities and research topics which relate directly to situations in the workplace and allow you to make changes under the guidance of experienced managers in child care practice. Once you have graduated you will have a full honours degree and be ready to progress into management positions in nurseries, hospices and reception classes. The positions include operational management with responsibility for quality improvement, planning and implementing change and reviewing the outcomes and classroom support in the school as a SEND worker. Students completing the Early Years degree successfully have reported opportunities for career enhancement or an increase in internal and external responsibilities whilst others have continued their studies to gain Early Years Teacher (EYT) status and/or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course details


Modules include:

  • Leading Practice in the Early Years Setting
  • Curriculum and Assessment in Early Years: Workplace Project
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Research with Children and Families

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a variety of assignments including essays, presentations, reports, displays and portfolios.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Hastings (Station Plaza)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International students will need IELTS 6.5 overall with a 6 in writing. For further information about studying with us as an International student, including information about study visas, please visit: https://international.escg.ac.uk/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We accept 240 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. an HND, two years of full-time FdA or BA) All applicants must be working in an Early Years setting and should have normally been employed within that setting for at least two years. You must be involved in at least 16 hours a week of activity within the setting. You must have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

You must have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5International students require a 6.5 overall with a 6 in writing.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7995 Year 1
EU £9000 Year 1
England £7995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7995 Year 1
Scotland £7995 Year 1
Wales £7995 Year 1
International £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7995 Year 1

Additional fee information

Studying with us will give you excellent value for money. Our lower fees, compared to many other universities, help you to save money, while getting the very best from our expert tutors.
Early Years Care and Education (Top Up) at East Sussex College - UCAS